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in search for missing malaysia airline 370. a preliminary assessment by u.s. intelligence finding that someone controlling the plane deliberately flew it off course before it disappeared. two u.s. officials briefed on the assessment says it was prepared months ago and not intended for public release. malaysian investigators say there is no evidence of unusual behavior by the pilots for the cabin crew before the flight. meantime on reunion island new debris has washed ashore in addition to the wing component found earlier. remnants of what looks like a suitcase were found thursday and searchers are out scouring the shoreline for more. senior international correspondent nima elbagir has more. >> reporter: good morning,
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alison. the focal point will continue to be the stretch of beach. it plays into the broader theory that investigators are working with at the moment that perhaps a wider counter current is responsible for bringing debris from the initial search site across the indian ocean and off the coast of australia. they will see if the theory bears out. if it does they will expect to see more. what we hear from officials here is perhaps in private, they are growing more confident and at the very least, this is debris from the boeing 777. no one wants to be responsible for bringing anymore grief to the families. no one wants to give false hope. as they look to see if they can intercept anything washing up on shoreline is getting evidence to the investigators in the south of france and trying to get
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analysis of that as quickly as possible. >> with this debris washing up i imagine the search has intensified around reunion island. explain how that is going and how more debris could be nearby. >> reporter: given that debris has washed up on reunion island the question poses itself is what about madagascar? if you are dealing with counter currents you look at movement and where the current eventually washes up. that is pulling people looking more closely at the southeastern coast of africa. for now, everyone we have been speaking to says although this is the first time in a long time that they feel that there could be something very tangible here alison, what they tonightdon't want to do is getting the families' hopes up before they have
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something concrete. >> they are waiting for that answer coming soon. nima thank you. this morning, the airplane flaperon found on the shore of reunion island on the flight to france for analysis at the office of the b.e.a. the office charged with investigating civil aviation accidents. they are looking for anything that came from mh-370. anything that points to possible cause of the airliners disappearance. for more let's bring in senior correspondent frederik pleitgen. he is live in france. when do we expect that part to arrive fred? >> reporter: hi miguel. we expect the part to arrive sunday morning. what will happen it will be on the flight to paris and arrive there later today or early saturday morning and brought down here to where i am to the south of france which is tulose.
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i'm standing in front of the d.e.a. the air nautical lab. they are looking at the parts and structure outside parts of the planes and assessing what could have happened to the parts. this lab i am standing in front of which is part of the french defense ministry which was involved in the air france flight which crashed a couple years ago. these are the premier specialists and they will look carefully. as i said the part will most likely arrive on sunday. unclear how long it will take to determine whether or not this is part of a 777. what part this is of the 777 and of course trying to find out what might have happened to the part. there will be a lot of analysis taking place on parts of that debris that will be coming in here. there is also analysis taking
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place as to what might have caused the aircraft that part is from to crash. could it be an explosion? this is what the scientists are working on. >> thank you very much fred. and this morning, the families of 239 passengers and crew on mh-370 are reacting with caution and skepticism to officials who say they are increasingly confident that the flaperon is from the missing jet. after repeatedly having hopes raised and dashed some say they want 100% certainty the part came from mh-370. >> you know we lived for 16 months in the state of limbo with absolutely no concrete information. and in fact a lot of misdirection by the officials. we have become very suspicious of anything that can't be proven through a third party. >> let's bring in cnn's will
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ripley for more on the mh-370 families. will 16 months of hearing nothing and all of a sudden this. is it a mix of relief? what are families saying? >> reporter: well we have been speaking to some of them today here in beijing, alison. most of the passengers on the plane were chinese. the up with characteristic that families share is they look like they have just been beaten down. this is bringing them back to the pain of early march of last year. the way they are processing the news is unclear. some are angry and grief-stricken. some are holding on to hope that these people may be alive or they may be able to see their loved ones an gaingainagain.
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we spoke to one woman, her only daughter was on the many.plane. she said she cannot accept this. the skepticism comes from the fact that almost 17 months on they still haven't seen tangible piece of the plane. even if this debris is from mh-370 they want to know where are the people. were the people on the plane that went down? until they see remains or tangible proof, they will still not have that closure. can you imagine? >> i cannot imagine. one question for you, will. you know one issue during this investigation has been the lack of information coming from officials to families. are we seeing more information go directly to the families now that possibly parts of the plane may have been found? >> reporter: we had some families tell us they have
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communicated occasionally with malaysia airlines. others say they felt completely cut off. the chinese government has discouraged families to get together. public gatherings are discouraged in china. families are protesting to raise attention to their plight. the federal government has broken up the protests. they don't have a support center open in beijing. many feel they have to go through this without information coming to them. they hope that will change and official word. it hasn't happened yet. >> making an agonizing situation more difficult. will ripley, thanks. we should know if the flaperon is from mh-370 but we still don't know where the debris came from. tom foreman explains what evidence will float the ocean's surface and what is likely to on the ocean floor.
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tom. >> reporter: miguel alison think about an airplane. a tough durable craft that has to survive in difficult circumstances. many parts are lightweight and they will float. let's start with the wings and tail. they are made of composite materials and lightweight. if they are torn into pieces they can float and float for a long time. underneath the plane, in the cargo hold. that may float it is torn open and flown free. think about the speeches you heard about floating seat cushions. think of those and what passengers bring on board. water bottles or cookies or chips. if they contain enough air could pop to the surface and stay for a long time. they have reason to keep looking for these if they found one piece. what won't float?
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the engines. these are important to investigations. they tell you if you still had fuel. if you went in under power or not under power. there's no way they are on top of the water. thousands of pounds. same can be said for the voice and data recorders. no way they can be on top of the waves. in all likelihood if investigators are accurate they are on the floor of the indian ocean. a place with hills and valleys and tremendous pressure where so far these things have not been tracked down. miguel alison. >> thanks tom. we will cover the latest for the search for malaysia airline 370 all morning. first, the police officer accused of the traffic stop murder appears in court as new video in the case is released. that coming up next.
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a u.s. intelligence assessment concludeing someone in the cockpit deliberately flew mh-370 off course before the plane disappeared. on the same indian ocean island where part of the wing washed ashore. part of a suitcase washed ashore thursday. meantime that wing component is being flown to france where investigators will try to confirm whether it came from mh-370. a former university of cincinnati police officer released from jail after posting bond. ray tensing spending 27 hours behind bars under suicide watch before his father paledbailed him out. he is facing murder charges. tensing claimed he fired at samuel dubose after getting knocked to the ground and dragged by his car, but this new video from tensing's body camera contradicts that story. listen to tensing seconds after the shooting giving his version
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of what happened. >> tried to run me over. >> you okay? >> i guess. holy [ bleep ]. gunshot wound to the head. >> for more on this video evidence in the case and reaction from dubose's family here is cnn correspondent jason carroll. >> reporter: to date three body cam videos released. none appears to show tensing being dragged by dubose's car. although tensing's attorney says one of the body cam videos is significant. it shows tensing is on the ground. dubose's family disagrees. what they see on the tapes is very clear to them. >> there's a camera angle. that's not going to show him
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putting his hands up and say what are you doing. i would ask his attorney to get those angles and show me the angles that show where my brother did not beg for his life. put his hands up where he ever dragged the police officer. >> you can tell he was moved at least 20 to 25 feet from the scene of the traffic stop and he is getting up in the street. that tends to corroborate what he said happened. he is getting dragged. >> reporter: tensing's bail set at $1 million. he was out on bond. dubose's says any university of cincinnati police officers who corroborated his story should be held accountable. i can tell you two university of cincinnati police officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. miguel alison. >> thank you, jason. breaking news. the taliban naming a new leader.
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appointed to the position after the meeting of top officials. he is the relative of the founder. peace talks with the tall pan and afghan government on hold during the transition of power. u.s. officials say recent indications suggest jihadi john is alive and well and hiding likely in syria. the hooded isis executioner has not been seen in months. the u.s.-led coalition is trying to track him down. it is believed he is transferred to a lower profile position. a pentagon program has hit snags. finding volunteer recruits is a challenge. most rejected for being too extreme. many who pass the screening process have deserted. only a tiny group of fighters
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remain. now one leader has been kidnapped near the syria/turkey border. democrats in the house of representatives are lining up behind the iran nuclear deal. increasing numbers of the house democrats promising to back president obama. minority leader nancy pelosi calling it a diplomatic master piece. lobbying efforts are ramping up and proponents are feeling pressure speaking to liberal groups by phone overnight, president obama said he can tell when his supporters are getting squishy and encourages them to speak up. time for an early start on your money. stocks in china down 1%. that's nothing compared to the huge swings we have been seeing. european stocks are up and u.s. stock futures are barely moving at the moment. stocks finished yesterday
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unchanged because investors ss got a good sign. gdp grew 2% in the second quarter. wall street was expecting higher but it was a huge improvement from the growth at the beginning of the year. oil prices. still falling this morning. crude oil down 1% right now near $48 a barrel. the global supply glut is getting worse. good news for drivers. >> i'll get a car just so i can have cheap gas. >> i hope want you to fill up my tank of gas. >> every morning. a dangerous heat wave not loosening its grip. meteorologist derek van dam has more. >> did you feel the drop in humidity in the big apple? there was a cold front that moved through the east coast of the united states. temperatures did not drop all
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that much but certainly the humidity levels did. here is the daytime highs through the rest of the weekend. we should hover around the 90-degree mark. we don't have that humidity factor to work with. across the southeast, it is humid, but we had humidity from boston to the nation's capital. it is all the dividing line with the stationary boundary producing showers and thunderstorms this weekend. especially across the florida panhandle. along the western half of the united states the temperatures will rise again. very hot conditions along the pacific northwest. that includes seattle and portland. take a look at the daytime highs. breaking the 100-degree mark across oregon. seattle will top the mid-90s. back to you. okay. happening now, investigators examining pieces of the plane in the indian ocean. has missing flight mh-370 been
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found? how experts will make that determination next. my website all at godaddy. now i look so professional i just got my first customer who isn't related to me. get a domain website and email starting at $1/month all at godaddy.
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the possible discovery of mh-370 prompting many questions. chief among them what is the flaperon that washed up and can it help solve the mystery of what happened to the jetliner. cnn's nick valencia has more. >> reporter: miguel and alison.
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this is the aviation management. their resident expert michael kinney is joining us. what is the flaperon? >> the flaperon is located between these flaps. it is the flight surface that controls lift at low speeds and maneuver maneuverability of the aircraft. >> reporter: this data plate gives information about where this piece could have come from. it's gone. where could it have gone? >> anything will have a data plate that identifies part and serial number. it is held on by adhesive. if it was in a substance like water, it could wear off. >> reporter: you saw something that stood out to you about the damage. what is this on the flaperon? >> the component is held on by two actuators. on the pictures from reunion,
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both of those links have been removed. the mounting points have been forcibly removed and the aft section of the component, there is a lot of tearing where that piece is external of the aircraft. >> reporter: this is something that could provide investigators a link to finding out exactly what happened to mh-370. miguel alison. >> thank you, nick. was missing malaysia airline flight 370 intentionally steered off course before it crashed? new information this morning coming up next.
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breaking news this morning. new evidence that missing malaysia airline flight 370 was deliberately steered off course before crashing. the investigation is intensifying as crews search for more wreckage in the indian ocean. live team coverage breaking it down begins now. welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is 31 minutes past the hour. breaking news this morning in the search for missing malaysia airline 370. a preliminary assessment by u.s. intelligence finds that someone controlling the plane deliberately flew it off course before it disappeared. two u.s. officials briefed on the assessment say it was prepared months ago and not intended for public release. this puts the spotlight back on the two pilots. malaysian investigators say there is no evidence of unusual
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behavior by the pilots or the cabin crew before the flight. meanwhile, on reunion island in the western indian ocean, new debris has washed ashore in addition to the wing component. a suitcase was found thursday. our senior correspondent nima elbagir has more for us from reunion island. >> reporter: good morning, miguel. after two days of back-to-back debris washing up in essentially the same location this is giving credence to the theory that investigators are working on that this is potentially brought ashore by the same current. that countercurrent will explain how debris if this is debris from mh-370, could have brought it all the way across from the initial search site. off the coast of australia to off the southeastern coast of
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africa. if they manage to isolate that current, that will give them a sense of where else they should be looking. officials here are looking closely along the beach trying to get a sense of what else may be washing up ashore. for now, for the families now this is all back out there, this is about trying to answer those questions as soon as they can. nobody wants to be responsible for giving the families false hope or for extending that grief anymore than it needs to be. they are looking to get much of this to investigators in the south of france. they are having a bit of trouble. it is a bit more delayed than they were hoping it to be. that is the reality of the reunion location in the indian ocean. we are working to confirm if and when that finally does make it off reunion, miguel. >> i was impressed by the man who found that piece and what care he gave to that plane
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realizing it may be from a plane crash. what is it like on the little plot of land in the middle of the ocean? what do people think about possibility solving the mystery of the missing flight? >> reporter: they there are only about 800,000 people here are reunion. that gives you a sense of how tiny it is. everyone we have spoken to miguel they really want to be part of. the man you mention has been so important to not only realizing quickly how crucial this was, but trying to make sure as much of that was kept in tact. everyone we have spoken to police and prefecture and everybody wants to be part of this. people out on the beaches are keeping an eye out. it is complicated by the location but also a volcanic eruption under way, believe it or not. they are having to move the residents up on the upper slopes
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of the volcano. there are cyclone warnings. people really have behind this. they hope they can actually help solve this. everyone we are speaking to thinking about the families. >> braving cyclones and volcanos. nima good luck to you and your crew. >> the flaperon found on the shore of the reunion island is now on the way to the office of the b.e.a. that is the office in charge of the civil aviation accidents. they are looking for any sign that this part came from mh-370. they are looking for anything that may help them find the rest of the plane. for more on, this let's bring in correspondent frederik pleitgen
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in france. is there any guess when this gets to france and how long it will take to figure out if this is indeed part of mh-370? >> reporter: good morning, alison. that is the big question here. it is the case of the office or lab where this will be analyzed. it will take special care this part is from a boeing 777. absolutely certain that they know from which 777 if it is from one. also they will try to find out or at least get some clues as to what might have caused the crash. what will happen is that the piece of debris or potential flaperon as you were saying is brought down here to the south of france. at this point in time the timeline says that part is supposed to leave reunion at the evening hours of tonight and arrive in france on saturday at some point and brought down here
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to sunday. with the latest that we are hearing, alison, analysis will take place next week. it is not clear when exactly we are going to hear from the office where this will take place. it is part of the french defense ministry. it is a military installation. it is one of the premier laboratories in all of europe to find out what happened after accidents and help out in accident investigations. they will conduct all of the tests here. the other interesting thing, alison the suitcase that was found will be brought to france and analyzed outside paris. >> fred do you know if any u.s. investigators will be joining in on the analysis as well? >> reporter: there is the potential there will be people from boeing to have a look at the parts and help out in the investigation as well. we also know there is a team
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from the malaysian investigators that will be coming here. first going to paris and down to help out in the investigation and try to find out. any sort of expertise is something welcomed pi the investigators. they have a long history offing to this before. we have to keep in mind this is the hub of the european aviation. there is a lot of expertise here. we expect there will be representatives from boeing who will come here and look at that piece of debris as well. >> it sounds like it could be several days before we know anything. more agonizing for the families. frederik pleitgen live in france. this morning, the families of 239 passengers and crew on mh-370 are reacting with caution and skepticism. two officials who say they are increasingly confident the flaperon is from the missing jet
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after repeatedly having their hopes dashed and raised. some say they want 100% certainty that the part came from mh-370. >> you know we lived for 16 months in the state of limbo with absolutely no concrete information. in fact a lot of misdirection by the officials. so we have become very suspicious of anything that can't be proven through a third party. >> now let's bring in cnn's christi lou stout for more. >> reporter: it has been agonizing, miguel for the 2399 passengers on board. the families have been waiting so long for answers. you can imagine what they are going through. seeing the footage and a clue washing up a half world away.
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wondering if this is it. is this the first piece of evidence of the plane that vanished march of 2014. they have been waiting for 16 months and they have to wait longer. here we have a copy of "the star" newspaper. the front cover says "answer in two days." that coming from the malaysian prime minister. it will take two days for the malaysian authorities and french authorities to look and analyze that piece of wreckage and confirm if it is from mh-370. the family members here in malaysia, remember 50 passengers on board the flight. they have an opinionbeen reacting with fear and caution. we spoke to a 15-year-old daughter of the steward on the plane. her name is mara elizabeth narri. she said honestly we are
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nervous. we feel restlessness. we are not sure what to say about it. we are waiting for the result to come in. lastly, we are tired. that is the daughter of the steward. she is attending local university. she adds whatever the officials conclusions they come up with she will accept it. back to you, miguel. >> your heart must do out to them. kristi lu stout, thank you. we will cover the latest on malaysia airline 370 all morning long. new video released in the case of the police officer who murdered a motorist during a traffic stop. that coming up.
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new information this morning on the search for malaysia airline 370. the u.s. intelligence assessment says someone deliberately flew the plane off course before the plane disappeared. on the same indian ocean island where the part of the wing washed ashore new debris found. part of a suitcase found. meanwhile, the wing component is being flown to france where versus will investigators will try to con firm. a former university of
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cincinnati police officer released from bond. ray tensing spending 27 hours behind bars before his father bailed him out. he is facing murder charges after shooting a motorist in the head. tensing claimed he fired at samuel dubose after getting knocked to the ground and dragged by his car. this video from tensing's body camera contradicts that story. listen to tensing just seconds after the shooting giving his version of what happened. >> the guy's going to run me over. >> you okay? >> i guess. holy [ bleep ]. >> gunshot wound to the head. >> for more on the video evidence in the case and reaction from dubose's family. here is cnn correspondent jason carroll. >> reporter: miguel alison to date three body cam videos released. none appear to show tensing dragged by dubose's car.
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although tensing's attorney says one body camera is significant. it shows tensing on the ground. tensing's attorney says that is evidence enough that something has happened. dubose's family could not disagree more. what they see on the tapes is very clear to them. >> there's a camera angle. that will show him putting his hands up and say what are you doing. i would ask his attorney to get those angles and show me the angles that show my brother did not beg for his life and put his hands up and where he ever dragged a police officer. >> he was moved 20 to 25 feet from the scene of the traffic stop. that tends to corroborate what he said happened. >> reporter: tensing's bail set at $1 million. he was released on boardnd.
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dubose's family says any other police officer that corroborated tensing should be held accountable. two other police officers are on administrative leave pending the out come outcome of the investigation. time for a check of your money. stocks in europe are up a bit right now. u.s. stock futures are kind of flat at the moment. facebook just built a giant solar powered drone. its goal to bring internet to rural and hard to reach areas. the lab is working on the social network mission to connect everybody in the world. 4 billion people in the world don't have access to the internet. 10% of the population lacks infrastructure to get online.
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the discovery of possible debris from mh-370 prompting many questions. chief among them what exactly is the flaperon that washed up and can it solve the mystery of what happened to the jetliner. cnn's nick valencia takes a look. >> reporter: miguel alison, this is universal asset management and they know a lot about the 777. joining me is michael kinney. we heard a lot about the flaperon. what is it? >> the flaperon is located right between these two larger structures. the flaps. the flaperon is a flight surface that controls lift at low speeds
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and maneuverability. >> reporter: we brought it down here to take a closer look. this is something you pointed out. the data plate gives information about where this piece could have come from but it's gone. >> any component will have a data plate with part number. it will be on with adhesive. >> reporter: you have been following this since the beginning. you saw something that stood out about the damage. what is this on the flaperon? >> the component is held on the aircraft by two actuators or linkages. on the pictures from reunion, both of the linkages have been removed. the mounting points have been forcibly removed and the aft section of the component, there is a lot of tearing where that piece would have been removed. >> reporter: this is a replica. this is something like this that washed up right off the coast of
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madagascar that could provide investigators a link to find out what happened to mh-370. miguel alison. oil prices plunging. the latest costs of tumbling oil next.
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let's get an early start on your money. i'm alison kosik. looks like investors could get a bit of calm. china stocks down 1%. they had their worst month in six years. looking less frenzied. u.s. stock futures are barely moving so far.
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yesterday, america got a good but not great sign the economy is picking up momentum. gdp grew 2.3% in the second quarter. wall street was expecting a bit higher but it was a huge improvement from the growth at the beginning of the year. oil prices are falling this morning. down more than 1% right now. prices were relatively steady for a few months but then in july oil prices have tanked 20%. energy companies are once again slashing jobs. shell plans to cut 6,500 jobs. chevron, 1,500 jobs. google to start measuring pollution data. sensors will measure humidity and temperature and emissions. when the cars drive to collect data for google map, they can map air quality. google will start in san
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francisco first. the environmental protection agency calls this a next step for the environment. >> you know where you will have the smog. >> exactly. >> and if you are sitting if traffic, brilliant. "early start" continues right now. >> breaking news this morning. new information suggesting malaysia airline flight 370 was deliberately taken off course before it crashed. as investigators search for more pieces of plane in the indian ocean. we have live team coverage breaking down all the angles of our big story. that begins now. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is friday july 31st. 5:00 a.m. on the

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